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Front Pagearrow Caretaker govt to act against agitation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the caretaker government will be forced to take tough action if any party tries to launch agitation or create chaos during the interim period.
 arrow Search on as toll reaches 85
Death toll of the violent storm in the Bay of Bengal reached 85 yesterday after the recovery of 20 more bodies while more than a thousand other fishermen are also feared dead as they have been missing
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai get death warrants
Jail authorities yesterday informed four militant leaders including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Chief Abdur Rahman and his deputy Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai of the death warrants against
 arrow Ex-VC Aftab shot, critically wounded
Unidentified assailants yesterday shot Prof Aftab Ahmad, former vice-chancellor (VC) of National University and a senior professor of political science at Dhaka University (DU), leaving him critically
 arrow Solve crisis, save RMG sector
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called upon all stakeholders to immediately solve the prevailing crisis regarding minimum wage structure in the readymade garment (RMG) sector and look into other hidden
 arrow Political situation to worsen if Justice Hasan takes over
Top opposition leaders yesterday said the political situation of the country will be even tougher if the alliance government hands over power to a caretaker government led by former Chief Justice KM Hasan.
 arrow Ramadan begins tomorrow
The holy month of Ramadan begins tomorrow, as the new moon was not sighted anywhere in the country yesterday, according to the National Moon Sighting Committee.
 arrow Downpour leaves city streets waterlogged
Many parts of the capital went under ankle- to knee-deep water as continuous downpour during the last four days, caused by the depression in the Bay, is disrupting city life, economic activities and road
 arrow AL to propose 2 names for caretaker chief
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil has called for resolving the pre-election standoff through dialogue, saying that they will propose two names for the chief advisor of the caretaker government
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'shootout' with Rab
Two regional leaders of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party ML Lal Pataka faction were killed during a 'shootout' between their cohorts and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Shop owners reject govt's load-shedding plan for malls
The shop owners yesterday rejected a call of State Minister for Power Anwarul Kabir Talukder to accept limited load-shedding in the evening at the shopping centres.
 arrow BoI chief takes 'save image' vow again
Energy Adviser and Board of Investment (BoI) Executive Chairman Mahmudur Rahman yesterday reiterated his vow to resist those who have 'distorted' the progressive image of the country.
 arrow ‘Grenade’ hurled at Gulshan building
Unknown criminals hurled a grenade at the gate of a multi-storied building, owned by a BNP legislator, in Gulshan-2 in the city last evening but it failed to explode.
 arrow DG shipping's rejoinder, our reply
The Department of Shipping commented on two news items published in The Daily Star on September 17 and 18 under the title 'Glitch in ship alert system at sea ports' and 'Sea port alert system remainsdown'.
 arrow Thai king to pick new PM from list of four
Thailand's king will be asked Wednesday to confirm a new prime minister to replace overthrown premier Thaksin Shinawatra, military sources said.
 arrow 32 killed as kerosene tanker blown up
A bomb blew up a kerosene tanker truck in Baghdad's Sadr City neighbourhood yesterday, killing at least 32 people, police said.
 arrow Nuclear talks with Iran may start without US
France, Britain and Germany would be willing to begin talks with Iran even if it has not suspended its nuclear enrichment programme first, but Washington would not take part, a German magazine reported
 arrow French paper runs Laden's death report
A French regional newspaper quoted a French secret service report yesterday as saying that Saudi Arabia is convinced that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan last month.
 arrow Helicopter with 24 people aboard missing in Nepal
A private helicopter carrying 24 people, including a junior minister and at least seven foreigners, was missing in a remote region of eastern Nepal on Saturday, a conservation group and authorities said.
 arrow Inmates of Ctg jail continue strike
Hundreds of inmates on hunger strike in Chittagong Jail continued their agitation for the second day yesterday protesting substandard meal and irregularities in food supply.
 arrow Saber returns home after treatment
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, returned home yesterday after receiving treatment in Singapore and London.
 arrow Agencies under fire for tsunami failures
The tsunami of 2004 triggered the biggest humanitarian response in history, feeding the hungry, heading off epidemics and engendering the hope that out of a calamity that took 216,000 lives, a betterIndian
Businessarrow Dhaka urges developing countries not to accept harmful conditions
Dhaka requested the developing countries to avoid competing amongst themselves in a 'race to the bottom' and not to accept harmful conditions tagged to foreign aid.
 arrow 63pc listed firms abide by SEC guidelines
As many as 63 percent of the listed companies have furnished the directors' annual reports with compliance issues in accordance with the country's capital market watchdog's guidelines on corporate governance,
 arrow Spirit of entrepreneurship everywhere in Bangladesh
Stacey Morse, an international private sector representative and a philanthropist, recently visited Bangladesh to attend the prize giving ceremony of Citigroup Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) in
 arrow Dollar steady after big hit from weak data
The dollar steadied Friday a day after a big selloff as investors looked past a weak report on manufacturing that some analysts said could signal bigger problems for the world's biggest economy.
 arrow India worried at impasse in Doha round
Expressing "serious concern" over the impasse in all areas of negotiations under the Doha round of WTO talks, India has asserted that if globalisation is inevitable, it has to be "fair and equitable"with
 arrow Batexpo order declines 27pc
Spot orders from foreign buyers at the Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo) 2006 has declined 27 percent this year.
 arrow HP chair resigns
Hewlett-Packard (HP) chairwoman Patricia Dunn resigned in disgrace and chief executive Mark Hurd apologized for "disturbing" boardroom espionage on Friday as they prepared to answer to a congressional
 arrow EU to extend energy crop aid scheme to all member states
The European Commission has proposed expanding subsidies for biofuel crops to encourage the production of renewable energy.
 arrow S Korea plans levy on airline tickets
South Korea is planning a levy on international airline tickets to raise funds for international aid, Finance Minister Kwon O-Kyu said Friday.
 arrow Nine int'l firms competing to set up power plant in Pakistan
Nine international companies are competing to set up a 1,000 to 1,200 MW coal-based power plant near southern Pakistani coastal city Karachi, the Dawn newspaper reported Saturday quoting official sources.
 arrow Shell acquires China's Tongyi lubricant brand
Shell China has secured a majority stake in Tongyi, the country's third largest lubricant manufacturer, to raise its share of the fast-changing market, the Anglo-Dutch group announced Saturday.
 arrow Japan, Mideast oil producers step up FTA talks
Japan and six Middle Eastern oil producers Friday agreed to intensify negotiations on free trade agreements, a report said.
 arrow Britain offers Italy secret deal on China trade
The British government has secretly offered to support Italy's demand for punitive tariffs on cheap Chinese shoes in exchange for Italian backing for Britain's long work hours, a newspaper said Saturday.
 arrow US eyes action against Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ
US financial authorities are mulling what action to take against the American units of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFJ) for alleged lax monitoring of money laundering activities, reports said Saturday.
 arrow Malaysian UMW Holdings enters Indian market
Malaysia's UMW Holdings Berhad has made its maiden entry into India as it signed an agreement with Multicoat Systems for a joint venture in oil and gas sector.
 arrow Meghna Life Ins declares 10pc dividend
Meghna Life Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 10 per cent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Wisdom dawns on BCB
The executive committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday rejected the appointment of controversial Flight Lieutenant (retd.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers want to leave early
After incessant rain dashed Bangladesh cricket team's much-needed practice games at home for next month's ICC Champions Trophy, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) now plans to send the Tigers early to
 arrow Cricket: Rookies get contract
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have awarded new boys Sakib Al Hasan, Farhad Reza and Mehrab Hossain with rookie contracts.
 arrow Football: Booters' camp from today
The national football team today begin a practice camp at the Brothers Union Club ahead of the AFC Asian Cup qualifying round match against Uzbekistan on October 11.
 arrow Hockey: MSC off to a flyer
Mohammedan Sporting Club completely outplayed Ajax Sporting Club in the Shah Sports Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sides hope for batting show
Australia and the West Indies lock horns on Sunday to determine who goes to the Champions Trophy next month on a high, with both sides relying on their batsmen to come good and sneak victory.
 arrow Cricket: Khan scythes at PCB
With four days to go for the ICC disciplinary hearing in London, legendary Pakistan all-rounder Imran Khan has said Pakistan had weakened its case in the ball-tampering row by not opting to approach the
 arrow Tennis: USA back on track
Bob and Mike Bryan beat Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in Saturday's Davis Cup semifinal to keep alive the United States' hopes of beating Russia.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan gets more backing
Australian cricketers have gone into bat for Test coach John Buchanan amid criticism by champion leg-spinner Shane Warne of his relevance to the team.
 arrow Golf: Europe still on top
Europe's grip on the Ryder Cup tightened fractionally on Saturday as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson again failed to fire for the United States.
 arrow Football: Reds punish wasteful Spurs
Mark Gonzalez, Dirk Kuyt and John Arne Riise made Jermaine Jenas pay for a terrible miss as Liverpool beat Tottenham 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo happy at Real
Brazilian legend Ronaldo said Friday he was glad he opted to stay in Madrid despite close season interest from both AC and Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: BBC to meet officials
Football Association officials and BBC representatives will meet next week to discuss the football bungs scandal revealed by the Panorama programme.
 arrow Football: Chelsea go live in USA
English champions Chelsea, fresh from a third successive pre-season tour of the USA, have signed a deal with Sirius Satellite Radio, which will broadcast their Premier League games live to North America.
 arrow Football: Hammers losing harmony
Alan Pardew has admitted that the arrival of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano has "put one or two noses out of joint" in the West Ham dressing room.
 arrow Football: Puskas back in ICU
Hungarian soccer great Ferenc Puskas has been kept in intensive care as his condition has not improved in the past week, the doctor in charge of the intensive care department of his hospital said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid still has hope
Skipper Rahul Dravid believes India still have a chance of winning the ICC Champions Trophy despite failing to reach tri-series final in Malaysia.
 arrow Chess: Four share the lead
Grand Master (GM) Ziaur Rahman, International Master (IM) Abdullah Al Rakib, Debraj Chatterjee and Monir Hossain are all locked at the top in the second University of Greenwich FIDE Rating chess tournament
 arrow Cricket: Ponting to go unscathed
Australia captain Ricky Ponting will not be punished following his animated discussion with umpire Mark Benson during the tri-series win over India on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Squad is right: Vaughan
Injured England captain Michael Vaughan said selecting players not yet fit for the Ashes Tour later this year was the right thing to do.
 arrow Football: Ameobi to soldier on
With a painful midweek defeat at Liver-pool still fresh in the memory, an inconsistent Newcastle United team take on the blue half of Merseyside on Sunday looking to cement a top 10 position in the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Allardyce unfazed
Bolton Wan-derers manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday he was coping with the distraction of corruption allegations made by the BBC and said he had received huge support from well-wishers.
 arrow Football: Perfect Porto
Champions Porto maintained their perfect start and moved five points clear in the Portuguese Premier League with a 3-0 win over promoted Beira Mar on Friday.
 arrow Football: No miracles with Rooney
Manchester United cannot be expected to work miracles with Wayne Rooney after his long spell on the sidelines, assistant manager Carlos Queiroz said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Deschamps calls for repeat
Juventus coach Didier Deschamps has called on his team to continue their midweek revival by brushing aside Modena this weekend.
 arrow Football: FIFA deadline for Kenya
World football governing body FIFA on Friday gave Kenya's troubled football federation until mid-October to clean up messy administrative disputes or face disciplinary action.
 arrow Football: Assis doubtful for United
Benfica midfielder Nuno Assis is in doubt for Tuesday's Champions League home match against Manchester United after he suffered a chin laceration that required 10 stitches to close during a Portuguese
 arrow Football: Saviola in Barca squad
Argentina striker Javier Saviola has made the Barcelona squad for the first time this season for the Primera Liga clash with Valencia in the Nou Camp on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Babayaro banned
Newcastle full-back Celestine Babayaro has been banned for three games by the Football Association (FA) on Friday after admitting a charge of violent conduct.
Metropolitanarrow Govt warned of revenge for torture on opposition leaders
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday warned the BNP-Jamaat-led four-party alliance government of revenge if it continues to beating up opposition leaders using 'politically'
 arrow Bring underprivileged children into mainstream edn system
A sizeable number of children, particularly the underprivileged children, still remain out of schools and they need to be included into the mainstream education system through Inclusive Education, speakers
 arrow Seven killed in road accidents
7 people were killed and 55 others injured in different road accidents in Sylhet and Lalmonirhat.
 arrow Multiplier effects of hunger eat up 8pc GDP a year
Bangladesh has 16 million hungry and malnourished children, the third largest number in Asian countries after India and China, said speakers quoting a study at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Form Saarc Dev Bank as alternative to WB, IMF
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called for forming Saarc Development Bank as an alternative to World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
 arrow Govt employees demand 50pc DA
The Council for Implementation of Demand of Government Employees yesterday demanded immediate payment of 50 percent of basic salary as dearness allowance after fixing the minimum DA at Tk 2000.
 arrow Three killed in wall collapse
Three people were killed in wall collapse incidents during heavy rains in Cox's Bazar and Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Two bombs explode on DU campus
Tension ran high on Dhaka University (DU) campus as two bombs exploded with bangs at a place between the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) building and Modhur Canteen yesterday.
 arrow 'Implement new organisational structure at Birdem'
Around 250 officials and doctors of Birdem Hospital yesterday demanded implementation of a new organisational structure at the hospital.
 arrow Marine science students stage demonstration
Students of Institute of Marine Sciences of Chittagong University (CU) staged a demonstration and locked the entrance of their Institute yesterday for four hours demanding implementation of renaming the
 arrow Book on CMR launched
A book titled Corporate Moral Responsibility (CMR) was launched in the city on Friday.
 arrow 103 personalities honoured in Rajshahi
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) on Friday evening in a reception function honoured 103 local personalities including 14 professionals for their contributions in various fields that helped the city developing.
 arrow One held with contraband goods at Benapole
A traveller was held with contraband items while returning home from India through Benapole yesterday. Mohammad Yar Khan, a resident of Kandahar thana in Netrakona district, was held at BDR check-post.
 arrow 16 failed students pass, 13 improve grades in Barisal
Sixteen failed SSC examinees under Barisal Education Board (BEB) have passed while 6 of them achieved GPA-5 and GPA-4 after re-examination of their answer scripts.
 arrow Cellphone sets worth Tk 6.5 lakh looted in Ctg
Burglars stole cellular phone sets worth around Tk 6.5 lakh from a shop at the port city's Agrabad Sheikh Mujib Road under Doublemooring Police Station.
 arrow CPA land recovered after 27 years
A mobile court here yesterday bulldozed a two-storey building, a sawmill and a few other structures to recover about 10 katha land of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) that was encroached 27 years ago by
 arrow Traffic Month begins
A countrywide month-long campaign for disciplining traffic got off to a festive start yesterday with a colourful rally in the capital.
 arrow Price hike of CU admission forms protested
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday condemned the decision of university authorities to increase the price of admission forms.
 arrow JP preparing to take part in elections, says Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party is preparing to take part in the next elections for the continuity of democracy.
 arrow One injured in BSF firing
A Bangladeshi youth was injured seriously in firing by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Beurjhali border here yesterday. The injured was identified as Yusuf Ali, 18, son of Kashemuddin.
 arrow 'Stop posting of joint secy at district level'
Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Coordination Committee yesterday urged the authorities concerned to stop posting of joint secretary at district level across the country to supervise all government activities.
 arrow Teenager commits suicide in city
A college student allegedly committed suicide due to family dispute at the city's Sabujbagh area yesterday.
 arrow Extremists kill BNP leader in Pabna
A local BNP leader was killed by a gang of extremists at Bilpasha village under Bhangura upazila on Friday night.
 arrow Alleged thief lynched in Bagerhat
An alleged thief was killed in a mob beating at Jharbunia Beel under Sadar upazila Friday afternoon.
Nationalarrow Border restriction eased 'in view of Ramadan'
Essential items like rice, pulse, gram, onion and spices are being brought to Bangladesh from Myanmar almost freely through at least 20 border points, traders and other sources said.
 arrow BNP faction vandalises rival's party office
Rival supporters of BNP Whip Zahed Ali Chowdhury and a high official aspiring for ticket brought out separate processions at Nalitabari upazila headquarters in Sherpur district Friday evening demanding
 arrow Journos becoming targets of politicians in Khagrachhari
Journalists are increasingly becoming targets of politicians of both the ruling and opposition parties in the districts.
 arrow BNP leader killed by outlaws in Pabna
At least two people including a BNP leader were killed by outlaws in Ataikula and Bhangura on Friday, police said.
 arrow PBCP factions hold separate rallies
The two rival factions of Parbatya Bangalee Chhatra Parishad (PBCP) yesterday brought out separate processions and held rallies demanding scrapping of the CHT peace accord.
Point-Counterpointarrow Phulbari and the people's verdict
The US ambassador in Bangladesh termed the Phulbari uprising as "nonsense." I was not surprised.
 arrow Should we be worried?
For the many Bengalis whose children are heading off to universities abroad this fall, one question is crucial: just how bad is the situation for Muslims in America? The answer isn't reassuring.
 arrow Is resignation obsolete?
Resignation over a cause one considers to be right, or simply to protect one's own image, is a notion we are wilfully unfamiliar with.
Culturearrow New Lux Channel i Superstar lands a dream role in Daurchini Dwip
Amidst glitz and glamour, the grand finale of Lux Channel i Superstar 2006 was held at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on September 22.
 arrow SM Solaiman Award and scholarship announced
On the occasion of the 5th death anniversary of theatre personality SM Solaiman, an award and scholarship giving programme was held on September 22 at Mahila Samity Stage.
 arrow 'Conventional Abstract': Solo painting exhibition by Abdus Salam
Abstract form is a popular genre in the post Liberation Bangladeshi art. Though Abdus Salam is a printmaker, this is for the first time he is exhibiting painting of abstract form titled "ConventionalAbstract".
Generalarrow Pakistan leader's 'Stone Age' revelation shows weakness: Analysts
President Pervez Musharraf's disclosure of a US threat to bomb Pakistan if it did not back the war on terror may have been meant as a sop to domestic opponents, but made him look weak instead, analysts
 arrow Stem cells made from 'dead' human embryo
Scientists say they have created a stem cell line from a human embryo that had stopped developing naturally, and so was considered dead.
 arrow Lebanese army posted on Israel border for first time in decades
Lebanese soldiers backed by UN peacekeepers deployed yesterday for the first time in decades at posts on the volatile border with Israel, as the Hezbollah chief boasted his Shia guerrillas were stronger
 arrow Muslim families flee homes in Lanka
Hundreds of Muslim families have fled their homes in eastern Sri Lanka, fearing a Tamil rebel assault to reclaim territory taken by government forces in recent fighting, a local government leader said
 arrow Japan launches satellite to explore sun
Japan put into orbit a satellite to measure the Sun's magnetic field, giving scientists better knowledge of violent solar activity that affects the Earth.
 arrow Antarctic ozone hole nears record
The hole over Antarctica's ozone layer is bigger than last year and is nearing the record 29-million-square-km hole seen in 2000, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Friday.
 arrow Bhutan to use students as polls officials
Bhutan may use students as polling officials during its first general election in 2008 when the Himalayan kingdom shifts from monarchy to parliamentary democracy.
 arrow First female space tourist savouring 'every single second' in orbit
The world's first female space tourist, American national Anousheh Ansari, said she is savouring every bit of her time at the International Space Station, despite the trip's hefty price tag.
 arrow West blocks Arab push to condemn Israel's nuclear activities
A bid zking the consensus," said the ambassador from Finland, which holds the rotating European Union presidency.
 arrow President Bush should resign
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched yet another verbal assault against President Bush upon returning from a highly charged US visit Friday, calling on the American leader to resign.
Internationalarrow Musharraf revelation rattles Pakistanis
A report that the United States purportedly threatened military action against Pakistan shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks drew a sharp response and some protest in Pakistan Friday.
 arrow Palestinian unity govt talks back to 'zero'
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday dialogue with Hamas on the formation of a national unity government had "returned to zero" after the Islamist movement refused to recognise Israel.
 arrow Bush hails Pak, Afghan leaders ahead of talks
US President George W Bush yesterday praised presidents Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan as "two courageous leaders" worthy of US help as they prepared for three-way talksnext
 arrow No army can disarm Hezbollah: Nasrallah
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah defied the international community in his first major appearance since the war with Israel, telling hundreds of thousands of supporters at a "victory" rally Friday
 arrow Human error seen as cause of German maglev train crash
Investigators were working yesterday on the basis that human error caused a futuristic magnetic levitation train to crash in Germany, killing 23 people and setting back efforts to market the system.
 arrow Thousands evacuated as Kolkata flooded
Three people were electrocuted and more than 2,000 evacuated after the heaviest rains in 23 years left large parts of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata under water, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Blair facing renewed calls to quit now
Tony Blair, at his last annual conference as Labour Party leader, faces Saturday fresh calls to withdraw British troops from Iraq in demonstrations that include one on his own doorstep.
 arrow Nepalese legislator killed by gunmen
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a member of Nepal's parliament yesterday, police and officials said.
 arrow Clinton faults Bush for inaction on Laden
Former President Bill Clinton, angrily defending his efforts to capture Osama bin Laden, accused the Bush administration of doing far less to stop the al-Qaeda leader before the September 11 attacks.
 arrow Pakistan puts off signing F-16 deal with US
Pakistan has put off signing the letter of acceptance (LOA) for purchase of 36 F-16 fighters from the US after complaints from its air force that the planes were "bereft" of vital electronic warfare systems.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ramadan and prices
With the month of Ramadan before us, the prices of essentials are showing a marked upward trend which will put tremendous pressure on the purse of general consumers.
 arrow Editorial: Hazaribagh tannery relocation
The Dhaka Tannery Estate Project (DTEP) involving relocation of 273 tanneries away from Hazaribagh to Savar has been thrown out of gear as far as its time-bound completion goes.
 arrow For him the bell tolls?
The lighted corridors and dark alleys of power are abuzz with the rumour that the bell perhaps tolls for the CEC this time.
 arrow Papal indiscretion
It is truly regrettable that the leader of the Catholic Church, who is revered throughout the world, has chosen to become embroiled in a controversy that smacks of clash of civilizations -- a thesis as
 arrow Why 9/11?
Pope Benedict's sacrilegious remarks deeply hurt the sentiments of Muslims everywhere, underscoring why 9/11 was a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Letters to Editorarrow Democracy in doldrums
Democracy and highhandedness can't go together. We saw police excesses in the past that were rather shocking.
 arrow Terrorist attacks in India
The terrorist attack in Malegaon on the sacred day of Shab-e-Bara't was as horrible as that on trains in Mumbai on 11 July.
 arrow Jerusalem and the Holy Qur'an
I came across Dr. Daniel Pipes' webpage when I was surfing the Internet. Dr. Pipes claims that Jerusalem means more to Jews than Muslims and the word Jerusalem is not written in the Holy Qur'an. Dr.
 arrow A suggestion
If we, the people, want an intelligent solution, we think the people have a right to demand from their elected opposition leaders to propose and provide such a solution to the present political crisis.
 arrow Irresponsible politics
Once I wanted to be an honest politician because they used to think about the people, especially those who are deprived and cannot fulfil their basic needs.
Star Healtharrow Common health problems & solutions during Ramadan
During the holy month of Ramadan, our diet should not differ very much from our normal diet and should be as simple as possible.
 arrow Ramadan is a perfect time to quit smoking
If you are a smoker, it is a perfect time to take the necessary steps to stop smoking this Ramadan.
 arrow Fasting for pregnant women in Ramadan
Pregnant women are always vulnerable to any physical and mental stress. In Ramadan, it becomes difficult for them to tolerate hunger pain and stress.
 arrow Diabetes and Ramadan fasting
Diabetes mellitus affects people of all faiths. Muslims are no exception.
 arrow Medical recommendations
Diabetes mellitus is a global health problem including Bangladesh. Majority of the diabetics are Non Insulin Dependent and they usually try to fast during Ramadan.
 arrow Ramadan Diet
  • Fried and fatty foods.
  • Foods containing too much sugar.

 arrow Don't overeat at iftar!

Star Cityarrow How Dhaka collapses!
Tuesday, 7:30 pm. Heavy traffic built up on both lanes of the Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, one of Dhaka's VIP thoroughfares, manned by over 50 traffic policemen.
 arrow Professionals must be accountable
Role of professional engineers, planners and architects is crucial in reaping maximum benefits from the new building rules for Dhaka, speakers said yesterday at a workshop.
 arrow Old is gold
If you own an old computer and are thinking of scrapping it, do not worry.
 arrow Residents pushed against the wall
While illegal connections to houses has caused a severe water crisis, negligence of the water supply authority have caused immense sufferings to around 60,000 residents of north Badda for over one year.
 arrow Leave your car at home, please
Environmentalists demanded at least one car-free day in a month in the city, at a rally organised by Save the Environment Movement on September 22 to mark World Car-Free Day 2006, for the first time in
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